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Are you ready for fun in the sun this summer? From going to the pool to facing off with water balloons, we’re sharing our favorite 23 ways to play with water this summer!
23 Ways to Play With Water This Summer
One of the best things about water play, is that it is pretty much free or inexpensive, and you can tailor it to work with what you have at home!
Add colored ice to your water table for a fun sensory activity.
Throw a summer splash party with this idea from Jornie.
Endlessly Inspired‘s sponge water bombs are a fun way to have a water fight in the backyard!
Fireflies and Mud Pies‘ idea to paint with squirt guns is so awesome!
Build a backyard car wash for kids! Washing their wheels has never been more fun! Check out Design Mom’s tutorial.
Make a DIY slip and slide using a few supplies from the hardware store with this fun idea from The Relaxed Homeschool.
Throw a bunch of glow sticks in a kiddie pool for a super fun night swim, with this fantastic idea from Saving By Design.
Break out a toy dinosaur from a block of ice!
Water Play for Kids
Set up a pouring station with this fun activity from Busy Toddler, and watch what happens when the colors mix together!
Use old bottles to make a backyard water wall.
Make gigantic bubbles using a small pool and a hula hoop with this idea from The Nerd’s Wife.
A huge DIY water blob = hours of fun! Check out The Clumsy Crafter’s tutorial.
Design Dazzle‘s squirt gun water races guarantee a good time!
Make kids walk the plank over a kiddie pool with this idea from Classy Clutter.
Make your own sprinkler with this activity from Ziggity Zoom, and hook it up to the water hose!
Make Growing a Jeweled Rose‘s ice chalk, and watch it melt in the sun.
Have a frozen T-shirt race — who can thaw it the fastest?! We love this funny idea from A Girl and a Glue Gun!
Water Play Ideas for Toddlers
Follow the Hallmark Channel‘s lead, and fill a slip and slide with water balloons for the most epic slide, ever!
Water balloon baseball adds a fun spin on a classic. Check out this activity from Overstuffed Life!
Make Fireflies and Mud Pies‘ water balloon piñata as a fun surprise for your little ones!
Launch water balloons with homemade milk jug launchers with this idea from Kid Friendly Things To Do.
Add glow sticks to water balloons for a fun summer party with this idea from The Scrap Shoppe Blog!
Jump on a trampoline filled with water balloons with this fun summer activity from A Subtle Revelry.
What Are the Benefits of Water Play for Kids?
Aside from the very obvious benefit of cooling down on a hot day, there are many great things about water play for kiddos.
Water play allows for a fun and adventurous form of scientific discovery. he cool part is that the focus is on playing, and the learning just flows along with it.
Water play is an excellent form of exercise, and helps with coordination and motor control.
More Summer Crafts and Activities for Families
What is your favorite way to play with water with your kiddos? Comment below!